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  • Physician Assistant

  • Physician assistants (PAs) are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision.

    Place of practice

    • Hospital laboratories
    • Private laboratories
    • Doctors' offices
    • Clinics
    • Emergency rooms
    • Blood donor centers.

    Educational requirements

    • PAs are trained in intensive education programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
    • Upon graduation, physician assistants take a national certification examination developed by the National Commission on Certification of physician assistants in conjunction with the National Board of Medical Examiners.
    • To maintain their national certification, PAs must log 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years and sit for a re-certification every six years.
    • Graduation from an accredited physician assistant program and passage of the national certifying exam are required for state licensure.

    Educational Programs:

    For a complete list of Physician Assistant educational programs, visit the American Academy of Physician Assistants web site. Professional organizations: